Bisexual Olympian Ireen Wüst wins fourth medal at Sochi

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters

Bisexual Olympian Ireen Wüst wins fourth medal at Sochi
19 February 2014 Print This Article

Dutch bisexual athlete Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal of the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Netherlands speedskater took home silver in the women’s 5000 meters today (19 February).

This means she will be one of the most awarded athletes in this year’s Olympics, a Games overshadowed by the homophobic legislation of Russia.

Wüst was expected to take the top spot of the 5,000 meters after she set an impressive time of 6 minutes, 54.28 seconds.

But Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova was able to defend her Olympic speedskating title by setting a track record of  6 minutes, 51.54 seconds.

Carien Kleibeuker, Wüst’s Dutch teammate, grabbed the bronze in 6:55.66.

Wüst now has three silvers, the other two from the 1,500 meters and 1,000 meters, and a gold in the 3,000 meters.

She caused controversy when she got a hug from Russian president Vladimir Putin after her gold medal win, who presumably was unaware of her sexuality.

‘He congratulated me and asked if everything was okay in Russia and I congratulated him on [Russian speed skater] Olga Graf, of course, for her third place,’ she told a Dutch TV broadcaster.

‘He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him.’



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